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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Thirteen Days, pgs. 35-61.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does JFK meet with whom Robert claims he "trusted implicitly" (51)?
(a) Ambassador David Ormsby-Gore.
(b) Secretary Adlai Stevenson.
(c) Secretary John McNamara.
(d) Ambassador Dobrynin.

2. What book had JFK recently read that had to do with miscalculations leading to war?
(a) Night.
(b) The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
(c) The Dangerous Summer.
(d) The Guns of August.

3. What was Robert's main argument against a surprise attack?
(a) Ineffectiveness of attack.
(b) America's traditions and history.
(c) Christian morality.
(d) Cowardice of surprise.

4. Who intervened with the newspapers to delay the report of the Cuban Missile Crisis?
(a) JFK.
(b) George Ball.
(c) Ed Martin.
(d) Robert Kennedy.

5. According to Robert in the section, "It was now up to one single man," what did JFK stress in his speech to the nation?
(a) The surgical air-strike was the initial step.
(b) The U.S. was not yet in danger.
(c) The blockade was the initial step.
(d) The U.S. would invade Cuba.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Robert suggest JFK do on September 4th regarding the possibility of Russia placing missiles in Cuba?

2. Who was concerned about how the U.S. would convince the rest of the world that the blockade was necessary and legal?

3. When Robert meets with Dobrynin after the blockade is put into effect, what does Dobrynin say the ships will do?

4. Robert describes the conflict in Cuba as one between two atomic nations. What are the two atomic nations he refers to?

5. What did JFK ask in a letter to Khrushchev after ordering the blockade?

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